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Former Arsenal star has given his verdict on Arsenal Champions League clash against with Bayern Munich.
Nicholas admits Arsenal are up against it to avoid defeat in their Champions League final 16 first leg against Bayern Munich, but believes his former club can keep the tie alive.
Nicholas said: “Arsenal are obviously not firing on all cylinders heading into this game, but neither side are as good as they used to be.
“Bayern have not clicked this season. Their star men have struggled to deliver to their usual high standards, although they obviously still possess a lot of quality.
“Arsenal are a better counter-attacking team these days so not having too much of the ball isn’t a major concern, but Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez, as much as I think of them, just don’t deliver enough in the big games.
“Mohamed Elneny will come back in and unfortunately Francis Coquelin will be in there. I say unfortunately because even though he’s got that graft the team are lacking, he also has a red card in him. Then I’d like to see Granit Xhaka in there to make up three in that middle area to protect the defence.
“Arsene Wenger will go with Sanchez up front and I’d play Theo Walcott and leave Alex Iwobi out as I think Theo is more of a goal threat on the counter-attack.
“If they get this system right then I think Arsenal can walk away with a 1-1 draw, but I fear Laurent Koscielny will get exposed by Robert Lewandowski.”
The Gunners will hope to continue their winning run after last weekend’s win with Hull City.
Charlie Nicholas has made a bold admission that we could see the end of Jack Wilshere soon if Mesut Ozil signs a new contract at Arsenal.
The England international was forced out on loan due to lack of play time at Arsenal, he was shipped out to Bournemouth this season where he has been impressive for the Cherries since his arrival.
Nicholas revealed Wilishere won’t get his opportunity to get regular play time at Arsenal if Ozil should sign a new contract at Arsenal.
However, Wilshere’s future at Arsenal still remains uncertain.
“He’ll leave if Ozil commits,” Nicholas told Sky Sports.
“That, obviously, is a big ‘if’ right now though.
“He’s done well in a tough position at Bournemouth and quite a few of big clubs will be interested.
“I personally would want him to stay if they got the right money for Ozil.”